I am just reviving this blog.. please comment so that I know who is still following.
I am shocked to see how long it has been since posting anything here. I guess Facebook has kind of taken my time away from blogging however I really miss making my weekly posts. Just looking back and looking at what I've achieved and now thinking that I need to look forward and let everyone know what I've been up to lately.
I have ventured into the world of teaching over the past two years after much conjoling from my friends to share my skills .
What began with a handful of mature aged students has exploded to 5 classes with upwards of 50 students a week. A total surprise to me being a self taught artist and not thinking that i had much to teach. Well as it turns out I have lots of knowledge collected from a lifetime of painting and honing my skills and I must say it is such a joy to pass some of these on to those who enjoy the classes.
on top of that I have teamed up with a travel organiser to take local bus trip painting tours to local vineyards. As one thing always leads to another we have organised a painting in Italy trip next year .
HELLO EVERYONE !
O mygosh I can't believe it has been so long since I have posted to my blog ..I didn't even know if I still had an account until I found my password and ..yep it still works !
Well I have a bit of catching up to do to say the least .
So much has happened in the past year . I have had several exhibitions with two on the go now ,
LA DOLCE VITA is an ongoing exhibition of inspirations of Italy at the CENTRO CBD restaurant .
I am once again exhibiting at my favourite cafe the MINNAMURRA CAFE with my exhibition WATER'S EDGE ..both are worth a look .
I have also joined an art trail here on the south coast and you can read all about it at www.kiamaartstrail.com . We have our studios open on the first weekend of each month and I would love to welcome you to my studio if you are in my area .
Facebook seems to take most of my time these days but I will endeavour to post at least a couple of times a month or more if possible
I have just finished painting this lovely antique cedar jewellery box ..the design is so sweet with a bow front , cute little bun feet and has its original pink quilted lining ..I just couldn't resist buying it to paint pretty little bears across the top . The dimensions are 22cm(8 1/2" ) x 10cm (4") x 8cm (3") tall
Life has been extremely busy with lots of painting under way in my studio . I am so blessed to be able to paint several styles and mediums . One day I am painting lovely children's art for kids rooms like this painting above ' Wink, Sleepy and Bright Eyes' in acrylic and the next painting a commissioned artwork in oil like the lovely one recently finished of a neighbour's house ..never a dull moment but I am totally loving my life as an artist .. Tomorrow I will be selling paintings at the new Coastal Crafts Handmade Market at Centenary Hall Albion Park ..Look forward to seeing you there if you are in the area
Phew ! what a busy couple of weeks ..
It was lovely to spend a few days away with my painting group The Plein Air Girls ..The weather was perfect , the company splendid ...the food and wine to die for ! In spite of this we had a very productive time and I managed to get 2-3 plein air paintings done each day ...not masterpieces ..but just had good fun trying to capture the scenery before it changed . What a great little group we have become ! It is such a pleasure to spend time with these ladies several times a year . Look out for a featured article about us in (maybe) the next Australian Artist Magazine .
There is nothing like a painting trip with the 'Girls' to get me all enthused and inspired to paint so I was straight into this painting above on my return ..I am very pleased with the outcome of " Rockpool ' painted from a photo of my sweet little grandaughter playing at the beach a couple of months ago .
My latest teddy painting . Rosie Posy . Featuring bears at afternoon tea surrounded by pretty china .. framed in a beautiful white vintage frame . Overall size 54cm x 44cm . Available for sale . Please contact me for details ....Sorry sold
Have you missed me ? I have been busily designing and painting up a storm for my latest artworks KATHY KARAS KIDSART ...What fun it is to be a grandmother ! I can enjoy all the kidstuff without people thinking that I am nutty ...here are a few samples of what I have been up to ..find me on Facebook to keep up to date with where I will be selling these cute as a button paintings especially for kids rooms...
Hi everyone ,
Well I have had a lovely holiday mainly just staying home in our new house this year . We had a great family Christmas, a quiet New Year's eve spent having drinks with the neighbours but best of all we welcomed our new baby grandson into the world . It was so nice to take the month off just to enjoy family and friends , recharge the batteries and think about projects for the year ahead ..
Also it is good to take a break because now my painting hand is itching to get those thoughts and ideas into action in the studio ..There are several exhibitions that I am working towards ... Over the break I managed to get some great photos of my granddaughter Ruby Rose now 19 months old playing at the beach that will make a great subject for paintings . I have just completed an interesting dog portrait that is a commissioned piece .
I am pleased to report that my small paintings have been selling well at The Kiama Gallery. I am excited to be involved with this lovely little gallery .
On the teddy bear front I have some new ideas too which will unfold in the months ahead ..I have just completed a teddy item pictured above that is listed on Ebay . I am very happy to discuss any special orders for any type of painting .
We had a fantastic opening to our exhibition last Friday night at the Shoalhaven Gallery , Nowra . The gallery was packed with people and a couple of paintings were sold . I was excited to sell my painting ' Reflecting the Past ' that I am holding in this photo and newspaper feature of us all at the Gallery . The exhibition continues until 8th February .
Hello Art lovers ,
I will be selling paintings at the Redpoint "AFFORDABLE ART SALE" this weekend . You can find me in the courtyard at the Redpoint Arts Association complex 101 Wentworth Street , Port Kembla NSW . Lots of paintings on sale at a reduced price .Come and grab some bargains . Hope to see you there .
A market day will be held this Sunday 27th November at the Tullimbar community garden , Callala Street , Tullimbar from 8am .Weather permitting.
Items available for sale are:
baby clothes ,
and much more
This lovely antique timber case is my latest artwork . I was very pleased with how it came up with beautiful olde world bears painted across the front . I used my treasured tea set as inspiration for the painting . The case is a great size 24 inches long ..perfect for displaying with a bear collection ..sorry sold
I love this little antique box that I found recently. It is made from cedar and very cute . Looks very cute with old bears and toys painted around the sides . Perfect for siting little bears inside . Size 18cm x 13cm x 19cm (7 inches x 5 inches x 7 3/4 inches ) Available in my ebay store sorry sold
This lovely shabby chic book shelf is available for sale . I have painted sweet teddies on either side with old postcards decorated with rosebuds on the botton shelf . The size is 43cm wide by 40cm high ( 17inches x 16 inches ) available in my ebay store sorry sold
I have just finished painting this nice Bollinger box . It has come up a treat with vintage bears painted on 3 sides and the top . Perfect for sitting old bears inside makes a lovely display ...price $120 +post ..interested before it goes to ebay at a higher price due to exhorbitant fees ? please contact me firstname.lastname@example.orgSORRY SOLD
I have just finished this painting from a photo that I took of the owner of the farmstay homestead that I stayed at a couple of years ago . There was a severe drought at the time but it has broken since with flooding in many parts of the country ...A land of extreme conditions making life so difficult for those working on the land